Spring 2014 Playlist: Your Heart Is A Drum

 Your Heart Is A Drum and Other Musical Musings: new Music from Beck, The War on Drugs, Future Islands, Black Lips and many, many more…


“Your heart is a drum/keeping time with everyone”

Beck gorgeously delivers this simple concept on the 3rd track off his new album, Morning Phase; one of 40 tunes we showcase in our Spring 2014 Playlist.

From September- February, we’re 100% focused on our Stopover Bands; we’re obsessed and totally dedicated to them but once Savannah Stopover ends, it’s time to delve back into the all the new music that’s been piling up in queues over the past several months. It’s one of my favorite times of year to just sit back and listen to dozens and dozens of CD’s I’ve been meaning to get to. There’s a wealth of great stuff out there (REALLY!) so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to share the best of what we’ve recently unearthed; two hours of heartfelt, uplifting, roll down the window and feel alive kind of music, including:

-Great new music from Stopover alums The War On Drugs and Mac Demarco

-New tracks from several bands that were on our Stopover short list who couldn’t make it to this year’s festival: Dum Dum Girls, Drowners, Hospitality and Natural Child

-New bands that have seriously grabbed our ears: La Luz, Cosmonauts, Diane Coffee, Panama, Cherry Glazerr, James Supercave and Pure Bathing Culture to name a few! (p.s. a ton of these bands are coming out of the LA music scene).

-Bands from around the globe that are doing it up right: Boy & Bear from Australia, Vaadat Charigim from Israel (yes, they sing in Hebrew), an unlikely New Orleans style funk and soul band from The Netherlands called The Eminent Stars and Wolf Alice, Jungle and Temples, all rising stars from London. (I can’t get enough of Temples!)

– Brand new music from 2014 Stopover faves Wye Oak, Future Islands and Milagres plus a few deeper cuts from 2014 Stopover faves St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Hurray For the Riff Raff and Clear Plastic Masks.

-Some fun, eclectic picks cuz that’s how we like to roll: Violin great Regina Carter has just released a great album of southern music called Southern Comfort, Merge Records has just reissued Lambchop’s seminal 2000 album, Nixon. There’s a spooky cool instrumental track from Dex Romweber’s new album, Images 13 and Luna and Galaxie 500 frontman Dean Wareham is back with a solo album (finally!) and his iconic off kilter indie warble.

Lastly, don’t miss the incomparable Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) who sneak peaks the title cut from his forthcoming solo album, Everyday Robots, out April 28th (it’s gonna make you wanna put down your cell phone and rejoin the human race!).

Which brings us back full circle to that notion that our hearts are really these wonderful drums helping us to keep time with the world around us. It’s why we love music so much-it connects us all and feeds our souls!

If you have trouble with the embed above, click here for the Spring 2014 Stopover playlist.